Tributes have been paid "hugely popular" Brit servicewoman to died in rocket fire on a coalition forces military camp in Iraq.

The Ministry of Defence named servicewoman killed in a missile attack on Camp Taji in Iraq this evening, as Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, 26.

Three people were killed in the blast which hit around 7.50pm Tuesday local time , including two US soldiers. At least 10 were wounded in a rocket attack, US officials said last night.

There were around 400 personnel in Iraq across three main bases – Camp Taji near Baghdad, Union III in Baghdad, and Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Officials did not say what group they believe launched the rocket attack, but Kataib Hezbollah or another Iranian-backed Shia militia group is likely.

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Blast victim LCpl Gillon, 26, served as a reserve with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry.

Her commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Leek, Commanding Officer Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, said: "LCpl Brodie Gillon was a hugely popular character in the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and we are proud and humbled to have served with her in our ranks.

"She was a larger than life soldier who was determined to deploy on operations, help others, develop herself and gain practical experience.

"She had already achieved a great deal in her relatively short time with us and it was abundantly clear that she was destined for great things in her civilian and military careers. Her loss is keenly felt.

"My deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones. They are in my thoughts and prayers, and those of the wider Regimental family."

LCpl Gillon's squadron leader, Major Craig Powers, who is head of A Squadron, said: "LCpl Brodie Gillon will be remembered with great fondness as an utterly professional soldier, an outstanding medic, and loyal friend to all in A (Ayrshire) Squadron.

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"She was a hugely popular and very much respected member of the Squadron. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her whole family."

The UK Government also paid tribute.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "From the warm testimonies of those who served with her, it's clear that LCpl Gillon was held in the highest regard and was a shining example of what our Armed Forces and Reserves stand for, inspiring those around her and always putting others first.

"My thoughts go out to her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time and we will ensure they receive all the necessary support."

It is still to be confirmed who is responsible for the attack.

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